1997:
Bob Penfield, the last original Disneyland Cast Member, puts in his
final day of work. He will be honored with a window on Main Street. Penfield began
 working at Disneyland at age 18 in July 1955!

Disney's newest stage musical The Lion King debuts in Minneapolis,
 Minnesota at the Orpheum Theatre. (It will open on Broadway the
 following November.)
1995:
Disney announces the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC. As a result of the $19-billion merger, Disney will add the entire ABC television network, key affiliates, ABC radio networks, publishing enterprises, and
much more to its rapidly expanding roster of business units. (Ironically Disney's relationship with ABC began in
1954 when Walt Disney agreed to produce a TV series in return for ABC's investment in Disneyland.)
2005:
The Hong Kong Economic Times reports that Disney plans to open a theme 
park in Shanghai in 2012. (Disney will officially break ground in 
April 2011 for the Shanghai Disney Resort.)

Disney's On The Record (a touring musical revue) has its final 
performance at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In its 
36-week tour, On the Record has performed for over 350,000 people in 24 different U.S. cities.
1934:
Disney files a lawsuit against the United Biscuit Company of America, Sawyer
 Biscuit Company, and the Chicago Carton Company. The case involves the unauthorized
use of Disney characters for animal crackers. (The suit will be settled in favor of Disney after four months.)
1946:
Singer/drummer Gary Lewis (son of famed comedian Jerry Lewis) is born in Los Angeles, California. In 1964 he and his group the Playboys performed at Disneyland where they were 
discovered by record producer Snuff Garrett (coincidentally a neighbor of the Lewis family). 
Gary Lewis and the Playboys went on to have a strings of hits that included This Diamond Ring
She's Just My Style, and Everybody Loves A Clown. Lewis has performed numerous times over the years at 
Epcot, taking part in the Flower Power Concert series.
           1955:
                    The Casey Jr. Circus Train (based on the train of the same name 
from the 1941 Dumbo) debuts at Disneyland. Located in the back of Fantasyland next to 
Dumbo, the train was to open with the rest of the park on July 17 ... but it wasn't operating properly.
1960:
At Disneyland, the Sunkist Citrus House opens on Main Street.
 Owned by the Perricone Citrus Company, the Sunkist Citrus House offers guests fresh-squeezed orange
 juice, lemonade, lemon meringue pies and orange cheesecakes. (It will remain open until June 1989.)
1967:
Animator Tom Bancroft is born in California. After studying at the California 
Institute of Arts, he moved to Florida to work for Walt Disney Feature 
Animation at the Disney-MGM Studios. Over the next 12 years Bancroft worked on such 
features as The Rescuers Down UnderBeauty and the BeastThe Lion KingAladdinPocahontasMulan
and Tarzan. Tom has a twin brother Tony (obviously born on this same day) who co-directed Mulan.
2004:
ESPN holds a 2-day event at the Walt Disney-MGM Studios to celebrate 
its 25th anniversary.
From the late 1950s to 1968 Los
 Angeles Airways provided regularly
 scheduled helicopter passenger
 service between Disneyland and Los
 Angeles International Airport (LAX)
 and other cities in the area. The
 helicopters first operated from
 Anaheim/Disneyland Heliport, located
 behind Tomorrowland. Service later
 moved, in 1960, to a new heliport
 north of the Disneyland Hotel.
 Arriving guests were then
 transported to the
Disneyland Hotel
via tram.

2007:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases the Walt Disney Pictures
 documentary IMAX movie Roving Mars (originally released to theaters January 27,
 2006) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Narrated by Paul Newman, the film documents the 2003 Mars
 Rover mission. This special edition package also includes such bonus features as the 1957 Disney film Mars
 and Beyond.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry announces that Disney World has invited the State
 of Oklahoma to be the first state-dedicated marketplace experience at this fall's
 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The backdrop of the Oklahoma Experience -100
 Stories of Oklahoma - will be three Walls of Wonder depicting Oklahoma Trailblazers through photos & stories.
 The Walls, which are 12 feet high and 21 feet long, will provide guests with interactive activities.

In order to make way for a new luxury resort, Disney World's Eagle Pines Golf
 Course has its last day of operation.

Disney Editions releases Robert Tieman's book The Mickey Mouse Treasures.
 The richly illustrated book describes Mickey's life over the decades.
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1974:
Disney releases the live-action drama The Bears and I starring Patrick Wayne.
Featuring the music of John Denver, a man named Bob Leslie adopts three cub bears and later faces one of
 the hardest decisions of his life.
Casey Jr. Circus Train debuts
"In high school my twin brother, Tony, and I drew comic strips for the school paper. That 
continued into Junior college where I/we took only life drawing so we could get our portfolios 
together to get into art school." -Animator Tom Bancroft
1929:
Disney's ninth Mickey Mouse short The Karnival Kid, directed by Walt
Disney, is released. Mickey sells hot dogs at the fair, heckles rival barker Kat Nipp
and serenades "shimmy dancer" Minnie with the help of two rowdy cat pals. The Karnival Kid
features Mickey speaking his very first words: "Hot dogs!". (Storyman and adult Mouseketeer
Roy Williams will later be inspired by this very short to create the famous Mickey Mouse ears hat!)
2009:
At Epcot, Captain Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen, and Matt Bradley - three of the 
featured stars of the popular Discovery Channel reality series, Deadliest Catch - sign 
autographs and pose for photos inside The Puffin’s Roost at the Norway Pavilion.
The trio will appear through Sunday, August 2.


1994:
The Disney Channel debuts the Disney Channel Premiere Film The Whipping Boy.
Based on the Newbery medal-winning children's book by Sid Fleischman, first published in 1987, the film tells the 
story of bored and spoiled Prince Horace and his 'whipping boy' Jemmy.
July 31
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
"I feel more comfortable with the two companies together." -Michael Eisner
1979:
Actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director B.J. Novak is born in Newton,
Massachusetts. He played the role of songwriter Robert Sherman in Disney's 2013 
film Saving Mr. Banks(He is best known for being a writer and co-executive producer for and playing the
role of Ryan Howard on the sitcom The Office.)
2015:
The musical fantasy television film Disney's Descendants, directed by Kenny Ortega,
premieres on Disney Channel. The film stars stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, and
Sofia Carson as modernized depictions of the teenage children based on the villains featured in Walt Disney Studios' animated film franchise. The soundtrack (released on the same day) debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.